Rangers battle into quarters before going third

Risborough Rangers manager Bob Rayner
Risborough Rangers manager Bob Rayner

Risborough Rangers battled through to the next round of the Wycombe Senior Cup with a 1-0 victory over Chesham United Reserves.

In difficult conditions, the only goal of the game came from the home side’s Jamie Shrimpton, who found the net with a fine curling shot from the edge of the penalty area on 33 minutes.

Risborough now move into the quarter-finals of this competition where they face an attractive away tie at Southern League Division One Central side Chalfont St. Peter FC in February.

Back in South Midlands League Division One action, Risborough made the short journey to Chesham United Reserves for the third game between the two in a week.

This game was the return league encounter after Rangers had taken three points from their close rivals the previous Saturday.

Risborough manager Bob Rayner, whose side went into the game looking to continue their promotion challenge, had to juggle his squad at short notice due to injuries, illness and unavailability.

On a cold afternoon, both teams cancelled each other out and chances were few and far between in the first period before things went from bad to worse on the injury front for an already depleted Rangers side when goalkeeper Steve Clark had to be substituted with a hand injury.

With no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, defender Jamie Clark went in goal for the remainder of the game. The half came to a close with neither keeper having to make any significant saves.

That all changed within two minutes of the restart, however, as Rangers took the lead. After good work on the left, Risborough’s Laurence Clark drilled a fine ball across the goal for Steve Tavender to fire home at the back post.

This spurred the visitors on further and they started to take control of the game, playing with confidence and limiting Chesham to few chances while protecting their own stand-in goalkeeper.

The game came to a close with the hosts once more defeated at the hands of their near neighbours.

Bob Rayner was delighted with the performance and praised his team’s commitment after the game. After this result, Rangers moved up to third place in the league and within just three points of leaders Hatfield Town.

This Saturday, in their last game before Christmas, Risborough Rangers make the trip to North London to face Bush Hill Rangers in a game that is being played at the Goldsdown Road Stadium, home of Brimsdown Rovers FC. Kick-off is at 3pm.

For further information about Risborough, visit the club website at www.risboroughrangers.com.